Michael Vaughan Wants TV Cameras on DRS Operators for ‘Transparency’ After Joe Root Dismissal

Last Updated: February 26, 2024, 10:16 IST

The ball-tracking that ruled Joe Root LBW in Ranchi

The ball-tracking that ruled Joe Root LBW in Ranchi

Michael Vaughan took a dig at DRS technology on the social media after Joe Root’s controversial dismissal.

Following Joe Root’s dismissal on day three of the fourth Test of the five-match series at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Sunday, former England captain Michael Vaughan asked for cameras on Decision Review System (DRS) operators for ‘transparency’.

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“I’m not saying anyone is cheating,” Vaughan was quoted as saying on Test match Special Podcast.

“I’m trying to give an answer for when a decision is made and we all disagree with it. If the person on Hawk-Eye is filmed it puts the noise to bed.”

“Umpire’s call, personally I think we should just get rid of it. If it’s hitting the stumps, it’s hitting the stumps, then it’s a level playing field.

“I can understand supporters on both sides being frustrated with the decisions that have been made. It doesn’t look like Hawk-Eye is having a great series,” said Vaughan.

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“The most important operators of decisions now are in the trucks. We need to have a camera in the truck to give an understanding of how it all comes to that decision.

“All I want is full transparency. If it takes the International Cricket Council employing someone to put in the trucks for integrity, they have to do that as well.”

“For the game in general, for people watching, we need to see who is operating, because the person operating the technology is more important than the umpires,” he added.

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Former England bowler Steven Finn though came out in support of umpire’s decision.

“From the naked eye, when you’re watching the delivery, you think that pitched outside leg and all your cricketing intuition sort of kicks in, and it’s like it can’t have pitched in line with the stumps and ended up where it did,” Finn said on TNT Sports.

“There’s no umpires call on where the ball pitches so, when the projection comes through and the DRS has pulled its numbers into his computer on the initial contact with the pitch, there’s no contention about where that has pitched as a result of the technology.

“Where that ball pitches, according to the technology that is meant to be very accurate, they’re saying that what it looks like is 51 per cent of that ball is pitching within the outside line of the stump and therefore it’s out.”

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